A Few Words on Camera Support

Please note: The following article refers to our first product, Triggertrap V1 and not our current product, Triggertrap Mobile.

Understandably, I have received quite a few questions along the lines of "I have camera X, will Triggertrap V1 support my camera"?

Whilst the question is quite simple, the answer can, in fact, be quite complicated. There are four ways of answering the question: "Yes, it will work because I have tested it", "Yes, it should work, because I have tested a camera that uses the same connector, so this one should work too", "It should work in theory", and "No, it won't work".

Allow me to explain...

To be honest, I really want to personally test each camera before I say with 100% accuracy that it's going to work. However, as I am writing this, there are 80 backers, and potentially 80 different cameras.

Let me instead tell you a little bit about how Triggertrap V1 connects to a camera.

Wired triggers

Triggertrap V1 will have a 3.5mm mini jack port marked 'cam' for camera. This is a very simple circuit: when it's time to take a picture, the circuit is closed, and the photo is taken. This can happen within milliseconds, which is why this is such a great way of triggering cameras.

Cameras that use a wired trigger (i.e. a thing you plug into your camera) should, in theory, all be supported: it's just a question of finding the right connector for each camera, finding out what the pin configuration is, matching it up with the design of our 3.5mm minijack, and bob's your mother's brother.

Creating the wired triggers is one of my top priorities right now. My goal is to at least support all digital SLR cameras currently on the market, which means researching each SLR camera from Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, Sigma and Sony to find out how their remote triggers work, build a prototype, test it on at least one (but preferably on as many cameras as I can) camera, create the specification, and start researching where to source these cables from.

I'll start with Nikon, Canon and Sony, as they are the three best-selling brands of SLR cameras, and then try to get the rest of them done after that.

IR triggers

Now here's a tidbit I've been keeping quiet, but I've been wanting to share with you guys: The Triggertrap V1 has an IR diode built in, which can be used to trigger cameras that use an Infrared remote control. That includes literally hundreds of compact cameras and SLRs from nearly 20 different brands.

Of course, each camera remote uses a different IR code to trigger its cameras, so this is where I'm facing some pretty major research. By the time the Triggertrap V1 ships, however, the idea is to include as many IR codes as possible for as many cameras as possible.

So, is my camera supported?

I'm sorry to say that I still can't properly answer that question. So far, I've tested the Triggertrap V1 only on about half a dozen different cameras, but since we're still developing the device itself, I have to re-test it after every development cycle.

For now, if you have a Canon, Nikon or Sony SLR camera the answer is 'probably'.

If you have a camera that takes a wired remote, the answer is 'probably' out of the box.

If you have a camera that takes a wired remote and you're a bit of a hacker, the answer is 'definitely'. All you'd have to do is to buy a £0.99 remote control for your camera from eBay. Cut off the remote control button, wire it to a 3.5mm mini jack, and connect your camera and the Triggertrap V1.

If you have a camera that uses an Infra-red (IR) remote, then the answer is 'in theory it is supported. In practice, it depends on whether I can find the IR codes and code them into the Triggertrap V1 in time'.

But, as always, I'll do my best.